A top political aide to President Barack Obama said on Monday the campaign does not consider Georgia fertile territory in this fall’s presidential contest.
Obama campaign manager Jim Messina broke the news today in a state of the race dispatch, handicapping the reelection effort’s drive to 270 electoral college votes.
By Messina’s nuanced read, designed in part to reassure base voters amid tightening polls and worsening jobs reports, the president leads Republican rival Mitt Romney by 52 in cumulative electoral college votes.
“If the election were held today, we would win 243 of the 270 electoral votes we need to win,” Messina says in the video memo to supporters. “Romney would come in at 191, with 104 electoral votes up for grabs in the battleground states where we’re doing some of our best organizing, opening up offices, staffing and registering voters.”
At stake are the 104 undecided votes of 7 battleground states: Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, New Hampshire and Colorado.
Georgia Democrats had been quietly hopeful the president would aggressively mobilize black voters, but the grand hope of toppling GOP Peach State dominance largely fizzled when it became apparent the local political infrastructure to which much of that organizing would fall was woefully under-funded and under-equipped.
- James Richardson